Midterms are over. I actually think I can hear angels singing right now…
It’s nice having a life after major tests are over.
To celebrate Halloween (and Nevada Day!) and the end of midterms, some of my family and I went to Disneyland. Which was super fun and amazing and Disneylandish.
Me and my mom’s Halloween costumes in Disneyland! Can you guess who I am?
Lately, my roommates and I have gotten into the bad habit where about once every week or two, we stay up too late drinking craft beer (or cranberry vodkas in my case) and doing ridiculous things. Last night we ended up getting nerf guns at Wal Mart at midnight so we can ignore our priorities and hide behind corners to shoot each other with little styrofoam darts.
Luckily, I still do things that most college kids don’t do. Like voting, caring about important issues, making nice meals…
I haven’t given up yet guys.
However, let me tell you now: It gets dark around Reno at about 5 starting in October, so the prep pictures are pretty dark, and this meal is not the prettiest.
However, it does look very comfy and winter-y and I promise you, it’s so good. And it only takes about 30 minutes of actual work. The rest is marinating/cooking time. It’s worth it. I swear.
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1-2 tsp. Dijon, to taste
2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 Tbs. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
Salt, to taste
2 thinly cut sirloin steaks (or whatever steak you prefer)
1 zucchini, cut in larger chunks
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 red potatoes, thinly sliced
Garlic powder and Onion powder, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients.
Add 4 Tablespoons to steaks. I put my thin steaks in ziplocs with 2 Tbs. of marinade each, and let them marinate for 2 hours. You can do overnight if you like, but definitely do at least a couple hours!
Cut zucchini into larger chunks. I cut them into four spheres and then cut those into fourths. If that makes sense?
Slice red bell pepper. Remove seeds!
Mix veggies in a bowl with remaining marinade. Let marinate for a couple hours also.
When you’re ready to prepare dinner, dice potatoes into thin chunks.
Preheat oven to 400* F. Place potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. *The reason I did not marinate the potatoes with the rest of the vegetables is because they did not get crispy when I marinated them. You could try to mix them with marinade to make it easier. Totally up to you!*
Remove veggies from marinade and place on baking sheet. Discard remaining marinade. Bake veggies for 30-40 minutes, or until tender.
About 8 minutes before veggies are done, pan fry your steaks to desired doneness. This is for thinly cut sirloin steaks. If you use regular steaks, allow yourself more time to make steaks. Alternatively, you can grill them. Which I would have done if it wasn’t 45* outside.
Serve steaks over roasted vegetables. You can cut the steak into strips if you want pretty steak, or you can just leave it whole to make it easy.
Balsamic + Steak + Roasted Vegetables = So good and so healthy. I was a happy Sara.
Until next time, my friends.
*Song of the Day*: Low Light Assembly–The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
I am soooo tired today.
I seriously could have slept all day. The worst part is that I don’t think it’s even because of Daylight Savings. I think it’s just called being a college student.
Although it is fun to blame my sleep deprivation on something besides homework, exercising, cooking, cleaning, and the list goes on and on.
Excuse me while I count down the days until Spring Break (5!!!)
A few weekends ago I had my boyfriend over for dinner. Typically for nice dinners, I like to do steak but lately I’ve been a little steak-ed out. I know, is there such a thing?
And the perfect part about pork tenderloin is that it is affordable and seems fancy. Which is awesome if you’re having a ton of people over or something.
The best thing about this meal is that the actual prep time is only about 30 minutes, but it comes out so nicely that people might actually think you spent all day in the kitchen.
I won’t tell them you didn’t.
It’ll be our little secret.
1-1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin (I bought one of those packages of 2 and froze the other)
1/4 c. + 2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. fresh thyme
2 Tbs. fresh rosemary
2 Tbs. fresh parsley
2 Tbs. fresh tarragon
1 Tbs. lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
1/2-1 Tbs. honey (depending on how sweet you like things)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Trim fat off of pork. Place pork tenderloin in a freezer bag. Whisk the other ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour over pork tenderloin. Marinate for 4 hours-overnight. I prefer overnight to really let the flavors meld.
Preheat oven to 350* F. In a large skillet, heat about 2 Tbs. olive oil until it is rippling and slightly smoking. Remove pork tenderloin from the marinade, leaving on herbs that cling. Sear pork tenderloin on all sides until it develops a slight brown crust.
Place in a greased casserole dish. Bake until the internal temperature reaches 145* F, about 30 minutes.
Let it rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve! Serves about 4.
I just love how pretty the herbs are. Fresh herbs are the best, especially mixed together with some garlic.
And it makes great leftovers too!
(Another bonus: pork tenderloin is a very lean meat! Healthy, easy, and fancy? I’m so in.)
- Vegetarian/Vegan Option: Although this is definitely not a vegetarian/vegan dish, the marinade would be very good on veggies such as zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, and peppers.
- Paleo: This recipe is paleo.
- Gluten Free: This recipe is gluten free.